Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Manufacturing Contract Given To Samsung

Omar Sohail

Snapdragon 820, one of the most anticipated mobile SoCs of 2016, has been under extreme scrutiny, primarily because its predecessor suffered from severe thermal throttling and overheating issues. Now, the latest news shows that the leading mobile chipset manufacturer Qualcomm has managed to switch allegiances, and this time, the manufacturing contract has been given to Samsung.


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According to Reuters, the monumental deal is expected to be worth over $1 billion, according to the latest findings by analysts. According to one analyst, Warren Lau, it marks as a huge game changer for Samsung, because Qualcomm never partnered with any other foundry other than TSMC to mass produce its mobile chipsets. TSMC has reported that it expects falling demand in high-end smartphones in the current quarter after posting a better than expected quarterly profit. In a separate email, Qualcomm told the source that Samsung was the sole manufacturer of the company’s Snapdragon 820 mobile processors.

Snapdragon 820, according to our previous reports is going to be manufactured on the 14nm FinFET LPP technology, much like its upcoming rival Exynos 8890, and we have already seen a glimpse of the latest security features of the SoC thanks to the announcement of Letv Le Max Pro, which is the first Android powered smartphone to be running the chipset. Samsung seems very confident of its own flagship chip, to the point that the company even released a very detailed infograph on its specifications and capabilities.

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We also reported that Qualcomm might be working on a second revision of its high-end mobile chipset, so we will be updating you on that front as well. In terms of revenue generation, TSMC is far ahead of Samsung, but the two firms are racing against each other in an effort to secure manufacturers for their 10nm FinFET manufacturing process. According to a previous report we covered, Apple might have given all 100 percent of its orders to TSMC, so we are not counting out the Taiwanese based manufacturer by any means.

That being said, Qualcomm newly formed alliance with Samsung is not going to be enough to rejuvenate the latter’s financial position, but it looks like other smartphone OEMs ranging from several Chinese like Meizu might end up teaming up with the tech firm in the near future. It’s going to be a heated battle during the second half of 2016, and we will definitely be providing you with all the updates that come our way.


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